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Power plants at mouth of gas fields to produce 1,000MW
 By: Zafar Bhutta

Nutritional Facts: Health benefits and medicinal uses of The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources has made a strong case for installation of power plants at the mouth of gas fields that will lead to production of 1,000 megawatts of electricity, reduce outages and add Rs100 billion to the value of national economy.

Speaking to a meeting of the cabinet on October 31, Federal Minister for Petroleum Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said the policy framed for power generation close to gas fields would help increase energy production.

The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the cabinet has already endorsed the policy. Acute shortage of electricity is said to erase three percentage points off economic growth every year in addition to plaguing the entire energy chain.

“Pumping of gas into pipelines from a new well takes two and a half years, but by developing a power unit close to the well, electricity can be produced immediately,” Abbasi said, adding this initiative would have a positive impact of Rs100 billion on the national economy.

He pointed out that in addition to domestic gas, re-gasified imported liquefied natural gas (LNG) would be consumed for power production. An estimated 600 million cubic feet of LNG per day (mmcfd) will generate 3,600 megawatts of electricity.

An LNG terminal with a capacity of handling 400 mmcfd is being set up in Karachi on a fast track, which will start functioning in the next three months. Tender for another 400-mmcfd terminal has been issued and is being pursued vigorously.

Abbasi stressed that the Petroleum Policy 2012 had been implemented after obtaining approval of the Council of Common Interests (CCI). Under the policy, 44 new exploration agreements have been signed whereas 137 wells have been drilled and in the last 17 months 37 oil and gas discoveries have been made.

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Ginger is a root, which grows underground and is a common element of our consumption. It is mostly used to treat problems related to the digestive system. It is also effective for strengthening your memory. In fact, it can treat a number of ailments. For instance, it is very useful for curing flu and cold.

It also provides a remedy for sore throat. You can use ginger in order to treat breathlessness. Moreover, it boosts your appetite and treats many of your digestive problems. Its effectiveness for various types of diseases is elaborated below.
It is used as a remedy to treat several ailments related to the digestive system. Moreover, using ginger makes the digestive system strong. It also cures the loss of appetite. In order to get rid of pain in the ear, you can prepare a mixture containing the juice of ginger, honey, salt and sesame seed oil.

Warm up this mixture a little bit and pour a few drops in the ear. This will provide you relief from pain in the ear. The powder of ginger is very effective for treating influenza and cough. If you are feeling nauseated, you can use ginger to feel better. Mix the juice of ginger with juice extracted from an onion.

Drink this mixture in order to alleviate your nausea. Ginger is a very good remedy for several throat problems. If you feel your voice has become hoarse due to a sore throat, take the juice of ginger along with honey. Flu and cold can also be treated with the help of ginger.

These were just a few of the benefits of ginger. It provides a great remedy for many problems associated with the stomach and the intestines. Therefore, it helps in the digestion of food and can treat nausea as well as indigestion.
In order to treat back ache, fry a little ginger in oil and add sugar to it. This remedy can help you get rid of pain in any part of your body. In the winter season, you can treat your sore throat, cough, cold and flu by using ginger. Mix honey with the juice of ginger in order to treat all these ailments, which you fall prey to during the winters.

Using ginger regularly imparts heat to your body, which helps you fight the cold weather. It gives you an overall protection and strength during the chilly winter months. Moreover, the regular use of ginger can even cure the patients suffering from paralysis. Ginger is also extremely beneficial for the brain. It imparts strength to the brain and cures many diseases related to it.

Cabbage is a vegetable with round shape and soft light green in color. The main reason behind its light color unlike other vegetables is that cabbage is covered with leaves and is not exposed to direct sunlight. Cabbage is rich in Vitamin C; it even contains more vitamin C than Oranges. Vitamin C in cabbage helps in the growth and development of the body. Apart from vitamin C, It also strengthens the immune system.

Apart from vitamin C it also contains vitamin E which keeps eyes and hairs healthy. Because cabbage is also a rich source of fiber, it is also extremely useful for the people suffering from constipation or any other related diseases. Sulphur in our body helps to fight against the infections, if your wounds take a lot of time to heal then it means your body lacks sulphur.

The best source of sulphur is also cabbage. Cabbage is also rich in iodine, which is a very helpful element and strengthens the brain and the nervous system. A research also proved that light cooked raw cabbage helps to prevent cancer especially prostate, breast and lung to cancer than thoroughly cooked cabbage and therefore it is recommended to eat lightly cooked raw cabbage.

Cabbage in raw or in cooked form is an excellent choice for anyone who want to lose weight as it contains low proportion of fats and carbohydrates in it. It is a full of fiber and has low bad calories. Cabbage juice is also recommended by doctors to heal the stomach ulcer.

Though there are some health benefits of cabbage but there are some drawbacks of eating cabbage a well. The most important drawback of eating cabbage is that it doesn’t taste good, you will need to add something in it to give it a taste but this also kills its nutrition to some extent.

Cabbage is a favourite vegetable of some people but it is not good enough to be added in a daily diet plan. It should be eaten less often.

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Whenever you cook cabbage, don’t forget to add ginger in it as ginger will give it some taste and will also minimize its acidic affect. The frequent use of cabbage can cause constipation as well as it can dry the skin. It also causes flatulence and its excessive consumption can lead to thyroid problems. However people who face flatulence after eating cabbage should blanch the cabbage for five minutes, change the water and then cook it in fresh water.

This will reduce the chances of causing flatulence. People who suffer from Goiter (more common in women) should consult their physician before eating the cabbage as it contains iodine which is harmful for people who have related health conditions.
Coriander is a herb which is an important component of many types of spices. Its seeds are light brown in color, whereas the coriander leaves are green. It tastes bland, but it imparts a desirable aroma if it is added to the food.

It is cultivated in the plains of the province of Punjab in Pakistan, as well as in Bangladesh. The coriander herb has been in use since centuries. It is categorized as a vegetable. Coriander is basically the seed of an aromatic plant. However, the leaves of the coriander plant are also used along with the coriander seeds as a spice for food. It has countless benefits for the health which are mentioned below.

It strengthens the brain as well as the heart. It can cure fever. It provides strength to the digestive system and helps cure diarrhea. Coriander can also alleviate throat pain. It can cure indigestion. Chemical analysis has revealed that the leaves of coriander contains certain vitamins, including vitamin C. it also contains protein. It curbs thirst. It refreshes the brain and provides overall strength to it. Drinking the juice of fresh coriander or chewing its seeds can alleviate nausea.

Dry coriander can be used to stop hiccoughs. It can alleviate the burning sensations which are sometimes felt in the hands and feet. It also alleviates the excess internal heat of the body. It is also effective for the urinary tract. It can help you get rid of the problem of frequent urination. Coriander is also useful in the condition where one feels a burning sensation during urination. Since it has a cooling and refreshing effect, it helps you enjoy a very peaceful and sound sleep.

Therefore, it can prove to be effective for people who suffer from insomnia. It can cure ulcers of the mouth and the tongue. Dry coriander can cure a sore throat. It is also beneficial for the eyes. It can relieve the pain of eyes and helps you get rid of the redness of the eyes.

The nutritional value of coriander is limited. However, it is an effective and potent herb. In essence, it has a cooling effect. The leaves of coriander are used while cooking to impart aroma to the food. On the other hand, its seeds are used to add flavour to food. The coriander leaves are also used in salads and to make spicy sauces. Moreover, it also serves several medicinal purposes and is, therefore, a component of certain medicines.

You can prepare your own home-made medicine to cure numerous digestive problems. Take coriander, black pepper and salt. Grind these ingredients separately and then combine them. This powder is effective for curing flatulence, indigestion and digestive problems.

Bitter Gourd is a very famous vegetable, which everyone knows about. As its name implies, it is a very bitter vegetable. There are two types of bitter gourd. The first type is known as the wild bitter gourd, while the other one is the cultivated bitter gourd, which in turn has two more types. The difference between the wild bitter guard and the cultivated bitter guard is that the latter tastes bitter while the former has a desirable taste.

It is usually cooked with meat or mince. Before cooking it, make sure that you remove the seeds if they are hard. Moreover, if you want to reduce its bitterness, you can cut it into small pieces and marinate it with salt. Put it in sunlight for a while and then wash it before cooking.

Bitter gourd has a high nutritional value. It contains minerals, which are very important for the body. These include iron, calcium and phosphorus. Moreover, it also contains protein as well as vitamin B and vitamin C. Therefore, it provides you with numerous health benefits.

In general, it alleviates pain and strengthens the nerves. It is also very effective for curing the pain of joints. Furthermore, it also helps remove intestinal and stomach parasites. You can also get rid of sputum by eating bitter gourd.

Bitter gourd grows on a delicate climbing plant. The fruit of this plant has a pointed end, while its surface is rough. It is either greenish or yellowish-green in color. In Pakistan, the bitter gourd plant is cultivated mostly in the province of Punjab. However, it also grows in forests on its own. Ripe bitter gourd is available from the summers until the rainy season in those countries of the world, which experience.

Therefore, the bitter gourd itself is dry and warm in essence. It is very effective as a blood purifier and it helps eliminate toxic waste substances from the body. Moreover, it maintains the right balance of minerals in your body. We lose many import minerals when we sweat. These minerals can be restored to our body if we eat bitter gourd as it contains these essential minerals.

This vegetable proves to be beneficial for curing a number of ailments. Following are some of its benefits for our health. It is good for the digestive system as it can kill parasites found in the stomach and the intestines. It is effective during paralysis. Diabetic patients are recommended to take bitter gourd regularly as it maintains the blood sugar level and also purifies the blood. Bitter gourd is also effective for the people suffering from jaundice. The juice of bitter gourd is recommended during problems related to the liver.

Carrots are categorized as vegetables, although they are basically the roots of the carrot plant. Eating carrots in abundance can provide you with lots of health benefits. Carrots are eaten both in the cooked form as well as in the raw form. You can gain a number of health benefits and can treat several ailments.

Carrots have a high nutritional value as they contain many vital nutrients. In fact, they contain the highest amount of nutrients as compared to all other vegetables. The nutrients which it contains include iron, phosphorus, calcium, proteins, glucose, vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin H and vitamin E. it contains a well-balanced amount of nutrients. You must be aware of the world famous adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”.

The same goes for carrots as they are considered to be the “apple” for the poor people who cannot afford to buy apples which are an expensive fruit. On the other hand, carrots are affordable. Carrots cause you to urinate frequently, thereby helping you get rid of the toxic waste substances from the body. It also helps one get rid of kidney stones, which disintegrate and are washed out of the body due to the frequent urination. Carrots are very good for the liver. They provide energy and strength to the body. Carrots are very effective for the eyes.

They strengthen the sight since they are a good source of vitamin A, which is an important vitamin for the eyes. It helps in the digestion of food and prevents indigestion and numerous other digestive problems. Carrots are extremely effective for heart patients as well. Carrots maintain an appropriate balance of minerals in the body. Eating carrots improves and boosts the appetite. They are helpful for regulating the menstrual cycle of women. Carrots can act as a natural sunscreen by making your skin less vulnerable to the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun.

They help cure cold and flu. Carrots are a great source of fiber, which helps in the digestion of food and also helps you deal with problems related to weight gain and obesity. Since carrots contain the perfect combination of minerals and vitamins including vitamin A and vitamin E, they are great for the skin. Eating carrots can improve the complexion and make the skin smooth and radiant, imparting a glow to it. Moreover, carrots contain a high water content which keeps the skin hydrated. Carrots can be eaten in many forms.

You can cook the carrots to make a dessert or you can eat them raw. The juice of carrots is also a healthy as well as tasty drink. Carrots are also used in pickles and in main course meals as well.

Black pepper has bundle of benefits and plays an active role in making our body healthy. Black Pepper is not just a spice but it also works as an anti-biotic or a natural vaccine, protecting our body from some obnoxious diseases. Black Pepper makes digestive system proper and increases appetite. It controls Lungs diseases and also aborts stomach and muscles weakness. With its strong beneficial power, it relieves from fever and tonsils.

A severe kind of chronic cough can be controlled if Black Pepper powder is used with honey. Its effects are hot so the patients of Hepatitis and high Blood pressure must not use it. Black Pepper is also useful in cholera that often brings people to death. So, it is undoubtedly true to call it a small thing with huge protecting power.

Potatoes are an excessively used vegetable in the world. This is the only vegetable that keeps too much nutrition’s even if eaten after boiling simply. Potatoes reduces the weakness of our body and makes it powerfully strong. In spite of having lots of benefits, Potatoes also have some abuses, as too much use of potato disturbs our digestive system.

Potatoes also cause mucus so it must be consumed by adding some spices, it would help in the excretion of mucus. If some paste of it is used on burnt skin then there would be no pemphigoid afterwards. To sum up it can be stated that this vegetable is unique with the blend of plus and negative points.

Cucumber can be used to enhance your beauty naturally. The water content of cucumber is 96 percent, which contributes towards providing moisture to you. It keeps the body hydrated. Therefore, cucumber should be used abundantly during the summer season. Cucumber can make the body feel cool and refreshed. Cucumber tastes delicious. So, it is used all over the world for making a number of tasty dishes. For instance, cucumber is used to make cold soup in Turkey.

It is also used as a garnishing ingredient in salads. In the United Kingdom, people often enjoy eating a cucumber sandwich with tea.

There are around a hundred various types of cucumber found all over the world. Two-thirds of the world’s cultivated cucumber is used for cooking and in salads. On the other hand, the rest of it is used to make sauces and pickles.

Peeling off the skin of cucumber prior to cooking depends entirely on the choice of every individual. However, if you cook it without peeling off the skin, your food will be crispier and more nutritious.

Similarly, removing its seeds is up to you. If the seeds are too hard, then they should be removed. Usually, people eat cucumber in its raw form. It is a great addition to salads. You can cut it in various forms, such as in the form of round slices or long and cylindrical pieces. Cucumber contains a high amount of minerals. It is the one of the best remedies used to cure digestive problems. Moreover, due to its high fiber and water content, it can be used to cure constipation.

Cucumber can be regarded as your skin’s best friend! In order to use cucumber to enhance your beauty, you can use any of the following tips. Shred a cucumber and apply it to your face, eyes and neck for 15 to 20 minutes. This will prove to be the best tonic for your skin. Mix cucumber juice, lemon juice and rose water together. Apply this mixture to your face in order to get rid of a dull complexion and oiliness. It will also make your skin glow.

Take equal amounts of cucumber juice and milk. Add a few drops of rose water. Apply this mixture to your face. It is good for a sensitive skin. Your skin will become soft and radiant. It is stamped as famous and delicious vegetable, which is rare but largely known due to its uses. Chukandar or Beetroot is mostly found in western countries. It belongs to the family of Turnip and Spinach. Glucose, protein, iron, vitamin A, H, C, B are its basic components, which make it a very useful vegetable. We use it in salad after boiling but it is found largely in Europe and is used as a source of sugar.

It is cooked as vegetable and is red in color. Beetroot gives any to any dish a specified reddish color that looks elegant and one thing is believed that beautiful garnishing of food is a plus point in increasing appetite. So it can be said that Beetroot is more than a vegetable. Hazrat Um-ul-Manzar (a.s) said that one day (Prophet Peace be upon him) came to her house with Hazrat Ali.

At that time a few bunches of dates were hanging in their house so we served both of them with dates, both were hesitating and denying to have these so Prophet said to Ali that you must eat these because you just recovered from a disease and feel weak. Then I cooked bread and beetroot gravy so the Prophet advised his companion to have this because according to Prophet it was beneficial for him.

This advice to Ali was completely authenticated by medical science later on. If we look at the composition of beetroot we can observe a very important aspect of this that it contains natural sugar and starch called ‘Nashasta’ in Urdu which after entering into the body turns into glucose and helps to overcome the weaknesses. Beetroot is a famous and delicious vegetable, which is produced in small quantities, but it has its fame for the unique set of benefits it provides.

This beneficial vegetable mostly grows in western regions of the world. Beetroot belongs to the family of spinach. Half of its part grows beneath earth and the remaining above earth or soil. This is used as a vegetable but it is also used for the production of sugar as it has a huge amount of sugar stored in it. The sugar obtained from this vegetable is not as much better as the sugar obtained from sugarcane but still people like to use beetroot’s sugar. In our country, it is usually used as salad after boiling or as it is. It is also used as the vegetable to make gravies.

As it has red color so if you want to beautify any dish and adds some beetroot in it, it can change the whole dish into red color. It softens the chest veins and pipes. This is termed as a healer because it has the elements like glucose, protein, iron and vitamin A, H, C and B.

Okra is a vegetable that is also known as Bhindi in Urdu and Bamia in Arabic. This specific kind of vegetable is not only delicious in eating but contains so many uses as a medicine. Okra is enriched with Calcium, vitamin A and C. Okra is cooked by deep frying with green chili and tomato and can also be made with addition of chicken that enhances its deliciousness.

Okra effects hot if used in curry but if its seed is used in making some medicine, its effects remain no hotter. Okra is not easily digest able vegetable, so the people suffering from stomach diseases should not use its curry without making an addition of ginger. So we use maximum vegetables in our daily food instead of meat.

November, 2014

Source: Pakissan Report;


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